Banking and Churching

Ben and I went to visit Gabe (old roomate) in Chicago last weekend. He's playing guitar for the worship band at Harvest Bible Chapel. It happened to be their 17th anniversary service, so we decided to check it out.

Harvest is a multi-site church -- meaning it's one church with multiple geographic locations. Growing up in a very small church, this was a hard concept for me to wrap my mind around. Then I remembered that I bank at CEFCU. CEFCU has one main office, but I can go to any of their locations to get my money. Hmm ... I kind of like the concept.

It all began when huge "mega-churches" realized that their attenders were driving too far -- sometimes an hour to attend their services. So, they created "satellite churches." It's a rapidly growing movement. I read today that there are 1,000 multi-site churches throughout the United States.

It's late, and I'm tired, so I'm not going to have time to process all of this. But I wonder aloud right now if we're getting closer (and we're still not even close) to what Jesus intended for the Church (big "C"). One body, many parts. One unified Church, many locations. One Church. Your thoughts please ...


"...So they can be one heart and mind, as we are one heart and mind ... Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind with us."



Cindy said...

hmmm.....really not such a new concept...the Catholic church has encompassed this concept since the beginning of the church--one body, many parts & unified. Since part of my family is Catholic and I am not, it has been my goal to "unify" just my family. Many churches, many "Christian" denominations...ONE TRUE GOD. So much to say but so little time! Love, Aunt CIndy

justice is next to godliness said...

does this really promote unity in the church, or the convenience of a church we like in our own community, much like a moneycenter24? there is a lot of talk about unity among believers today...i wonder what church should look like. it might be impossible for the many denominations to intermingle until the churches just give up and christians decide to start all over again.

Linda said...

Don't really think it's such a new idea. Isn't that what denominations are about? Coming from a mult-denominatinal family, we go our seperate ways to seperate churches to worship in the style in which we are most comfortable, but we are all part of Christ's Church and unified in His Spirit. The problem, of course, is when denomination or church becomes more important than God or Church.

yaves said...

K, so this is kinda mean, but i've been laughing inside all day at the thought that Jake Bland - biggest blog basher in the world - is now forced to maintain his very own blog.

*everything comes back to you*

Right now